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"The Story of an Hour" Unit

For Teachers 8th Standards
Kate Chopin's tale, "The Story of an Hour," is the anchor text in a six-lesson unit designed for ESL and ELD students. Lessons provide learners with background knowledge of the role of women in 19th-century America and the author. Each...
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Writing Summaries

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Young scholars read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and write summaries for the text. In this summary and novel analysis lesson, young scholars read the text and write summaries for four chapters at a time.
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Writing Summaries

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Practice summary writing with informational texts. Young readers create summaries after reading magazine articles, newspaper articles, or other forms of informational texts. Readers use the GRASP strategy (read text, write what you...
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Learn about Fables

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Expose young readers to a new genre of fiction with a short reading passage. After learning about fables, children identify the main idea and supporting details in preparation for writing a short summary. Read the text as a class,...
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Short and Sweet Science

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Readers learn how to summarize scientific text and evaluate the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges in writing summaries. They select science-related articles you've pulled and collected from the New York Times and, with a partner,...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment: Working with Two Texts - Reading, Listening, Summarizing, and Synthesizing

For Teachers 4th Standards
As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as...
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Researching and Note-Taking: Building Expertise about a Colonial Trade

For Teachers 4th Standards
Building on the previous activity in this unit on colonial trade, the ninth activity has young experts continuing their research and writing summaries of the information they find. To begin, children participate in guided practice where...
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Budget Busters

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Use this economic activity to focus on writing summaries of informational text. First, middle schoolers define common economic terms used to describe news about the economy. They closely read news about the federal budget deficit and...
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Assessment
Fluence Learning

Writing About Literary Text: Wise or Foolish?

For Students 4th Standards
A three-part assessment promotes reading comprehension skills. Class members read literary texts and take notes to discuss their findings, answer comprehension questions, write summaries, and complete charts. 
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Author Study: Cynthia Rylant

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Explore the life's work of one of the great children's authors using this ten-lesson author study unit. After first performing some whole-group research into the life of Cynthia Rylant, the class goes on to read six different stories,...
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Who Was Don Quixote de la Mancha?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Scholars take part in five learning sessions with the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes as the resource's anchor text. Participants watch videos, perform jigsaws, ask and answer questions, write summaries, read...
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The Departure

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars learn about the Hero's Journey as they read Ray Bradbury's "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh." They analyze the story's structure and narrative techniques. Finally, they write summaries of the text's central idea and use their...
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Researching Part 1: Reading for Gist and Gathering Evidence Using the Research Guide

For Teachers 6th Standards
If only life came with an owner's manual. Pupils assemble with their research teams to discuss which of Steve Jobs' rules to live by most resonates with them. Scholars also read informational texts in pursuit of finding the gist and...
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Another Argument at the Dinner Table?

For Students 4th - 6th
Here is an interesting learning exercise on discursive text. Learners read a short essay that expresses two opinions regarding choices of foods to eat by young people. After reading the text, pupils must fill out the learning exercise....
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Emotional Needs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the physical characteristics of old age. They identify and differentiate diseases of old age. They analyze the stereotypes of older adults and write summaries of responses by other groups.
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I Just Drank George Washington's Water!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Guide your learners through the water cycle with this lesson plan. Over the course of the lesson, they read two Magic School Bus books, discuss the water cycle, come up with water facts, complete a diagram of the water cycle, recognize...
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Handout
Anchorage School District

Writing Effective Summaries

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Drafting a strong first sentence for a summary is an important step. Writers can use the formula presented on this handout to get started. The resource lists three steps to put together a strong topic sentence, as well as tips and hints...
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Worksheet
DePaul University

The Football Team

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Playing team sports is about more than just scoring the most goals or winning the most games. Read this passage with your class and learn how athletes build character as members of a team. When finished, individuals identify the main...
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Using Color as a Pre-Writing Tool

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
To better understand how to compose a clear and well-organized paper, learners read short passages, write summaries, and make colored graphic organizers. This is a fully developed three-day lesson with suggested assessments.
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Cruise the News

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students utilize newspapers as a resource to complete various tasks. They read articles, write summaries, investigate the classified section, write commercials, and circle spelling words.
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Seasonal Changes

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students research seasonal changes and how they affect the environment. Completing a nature walk, they observe plants and animals and record the information in a graph. They also write summaries of the results of their research.
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What Do You Do?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
People play all sorts of roles during their lifetimes. Learners interview three adults about the role they play most and, what type of lifestyle they feel they have. Kids then write summaries of their interviews, focusing on what role...
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Summary Lesson Plans

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students can learn how to write summaries with the help of graphic organizers, and summarization lessons.
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Writing Summaries

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students read short excerpts of material and are challenged to write a coherent summary of seventy words. They monitor their work for correct word limits and present their summaries to the class.

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